ANOTHER HEARTWARMING DRUG STORY

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Posted on 23rd September 2013 by SSS in Politics |Social Issues

Erskin and Louise Fulgham

went together to be with the Lord on July 23, 2013. Erskin was born on February 5, 1926 in Mathiston, MS. Louise was born on August 27, 1929 in Maben, MS. They moved to Tucson, AZ in 1957. They were married for 67 years and long standing members of Emmanuel Baptist Church. Erskin received a bronze medal for his Army service during World War II. Erskin retired from ASARCO and Louise from The University of Arizona Athletic Department. They are survived by son, Mike Fulgham; daughters, Glenda Kim, Jeanette Barger (Harvey) and Beth Fulgham; brothers, Monroe Dewberry, Hubert Fulgham (Catherine) and Henry Fulgham (Beverly); sister, Annie Lee Young; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services will be held Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY, 5801 E. Grant Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations to Honor Flight or Emmanuel Baptist Church.

(as published in the Arizona Daily Star, July 31, 2013)

Just another obituary, right? Not quite. Among the “many grandchildren” who survived Erskin, age 87 and in very frail health, and Mary Louise, age 83, was a grandson named Kyle Austin Drattlo, age 20. On July 24, the day after Erskin and Mary Louise died, Kyle and two companions, 23-year-old Christopher Edward Terry and 21-year-old Brianna Harding, were stopped for speeding in Tonapah, Nevada.

The Nevada State Police officer ran a check on the 2004 Buick they were driving. It had been reported by the Tucson Police as stolen in Tucson in connection with a murder investigation, and its owners were listed as Erskin and Louise Fulgham. Drattlo insisted to the officer that his grandparents gave him permission to use the car. So the officer then asked the trio where they were headed, and they told him they were going to a family reunion in Wyoming. One big problem. They were headed AWAY from Wyoming when they were stopped. All three were arrested and sent back to Arizona, where they were shortly charged with first-degree murder.

Here’s the part that will give you a warm, fuzzy feeling. Mary Louise Fulgham had been brutally and repeatedly stabbed to death in the chair in which she sat in her living room. Erskin Fulgham evidently saw the attack on his wife and tried to go to her aid. He didn’t make it out of the kitchen, where he too was stabbed and STOMPED AND KICKED to death by his attacker(s). The stomping was so severe that Erskin’s ribs were broken and his teeth knocked out of his mouth.

But wait, there’s more. Evidently, another grandson of Erskin and Mary Louise stopped in on the afternoon of their murder to check up on his “Nana and Papa,” which happens to be what our grandchildren refer to my wife and me. The front door of their home in a quiet, middle-class neighborhood was unlocked. He walked in and saw Nana slumped in her chair and thought she was napping. As he got closer, he saw the blood. Then he looked into the kitchen and saw the blood-splattered and severely beaten body of his Papa lying on the floor. Now, didn’t that brighten his, and your, day?

Details of this grisly double murder continue to trickle out. Evidently, grandson Drattlo and his male companion Christopher Terry are cooperating by pointing the finger at each other as to who actually committed the murders. That will help neither of them in the long run.

But here’s the really interesting part. Just today it was reported, again in the Arizona Daily Star, that Brianna Harding told police that all three of them were heavy users of Spice. She told police that they smoked Spice to the tune of 6 bags a day, at $20/bag. WTF is Spice, I asked myself? Here’s the answer, and you pot supporters won’t like it.

Synthetic cannabis is a psychoactive designer drug created by spraying natural herbs with synthetic chemicals that, when consumed, allegedly mimic the effects of cannabis. It is often known by the brand names K2 and Spice.

Research on the safety of synthetic cannabis is now becoming available. Initial studies are focused on the role of synthetic cannabis in psychosis. Synthetic cannabis may precipitate psychosis and in some cases it may be prolonged. Some studies suggest that synthetic cannabinoid intoxication is associated with acute psychosis, worsening of previously stable psychotic disorders, and it may trigger a chronic (long-term) psychotic disorder among vulnerable individuals such as those with a family history of mental illness.
When synthetic cannabis blends first went on sale in the early 2000s, it was thought that they achieved an effect through a mixture of legal herbs. Laboratory analysis in 2008 showed that this is not the case, and that they in fact contain synthetic cannabinoids that act on the body in a similar way to cannabinoids naturally found in cannabis, such as THC. It has been sold under various brand names, online, in head shops, and at some gas stations.

On November 24, 2010, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would use emergency powers to ban many synthetic cannabinoids within a month. In the US, as of March 1, 2011, five cannabinoids have been placed on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (and are therefore illegal to possess or use in the US); the Drug Enforcement Administration claims that said action is “to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety.” In July 2012, the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 was signed into law. It banned synthetic compounds commonly found in synthetic marijuana, placing them under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

P.S. I refuse to post any pictures of the animals who killed Erskin and Mary Louise Fulgham. Instead I want you to look at the helpless VICTIMS, married for 67 years, who suffered a horrifying and painful death.

Erskin and Louise Fulgham

121 Comments
  1. Zarathustra says:

    So if marijuana were legal, nobody would bother creating more concentrated forms that are easier to hide and more expensive to produce, …or am I missing something?

    23rd September 2013 at 8:29 pm

  2. SSS says:

    Zara

    Yes, you’re missing something. The killers bought something “like” marijuana to get high on for LESS than the real thing.

    23rd September 2013 at 8:44 pm

  3. Bullock says:

    The key words are “Synthetic Chemicals”. They are not ingredients in marijuana. This “designer drug” is just another screwed up man made nightmare.

    23rd September 2013 at 8:47 pm

  4. Zarathustra says:

    SSS, how would you know the actual price of the synthetic shit would be less than the actual stuff lacking an unfettered market?

    23rd September 2013 at 8:50 pm

  5. Sensetti says:

    So SSS are you making the argument for legalization of natural pot in order to get rid of the synthetic crap?

    23rd September 2013 at 8:57 pm

  6. Leobeer says:

    Wouldn’t marijuana be a lot cheaper if it was legal?

    23rd September 2013 at 8:58 pm

  7. Sensetti says:

    Sounds like bath salts to me, chemicals are bad news

    23rd September 2013 at 9:08 pm

  8. bb says:

    Damn sad ,we are at the point of no return.I remember when we always left the doors unlocked .Now you can’t trust anybody.Damn shame.

    23rd September 2013 at 9:08 pm

  9. Mary Malone says:

    Sorry, but I think the drugs are just an excuse used to lessen their sentences when justice is meted out.

    He murdered his grandparents in cold blood. He’s evil.

    23rd September 2013 at 9:39 pm

  10. KaD says:

    I’ve heard of people smoking (the real) pot doing some dumb shit but nothing like this.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrZLc9lqQM0

    23rd September 2013 at 9:42 pm

  11. SSS says:

    Jesus Christ.

    Read the fucking article, people. Two 80-something people were brutally murdered because 3 hyped-up fucksticks were on a marijuana derivative drug.

    No, you don’t want to deal with that reality. You parse, offer excuses, and say “what if” or “how do you know.” It’s there in black and white, for God’s sake. Yet you continue on your unrelenting, irrational course.

    Sometimes, the comments on this site make me want to throw up. Your goddamed adherence to drug legalization, to which I have offered REASONABLE alternatives, is beyond the pale.

    23rd September 2013 at 9:42 pm

  12. 4WD says:

    okay, I tried this synthetic crap a few times for shitzngiggles. Yes, it does cause a bit of paranoia. I dont recommend it. Smoke the real thing instead.

    I know that this will cause SSS some turmoil, but I will not lie about my transgression.

    Yeh, I tried it, legally. I’d rather smoke the real thing, legally, than support drug dealers and folks from China that would poison your pets.

    23rd September 2013 at 10:03 pm

  13. Leobeer says:

    Trippy S, I get it. Drugs are bad and sometimes shit happens when people take them.

    Do you have the right to choose whether or not to take drugs or does the govt have the right to ban it for what the govt perceives as the public good?

    Drugs, guns, abortion…… it’s the same fucking argument. Do you have the right to choose or does the govt get to make the decision for you?

    23rd September 2013 at 10:18 pm

  14. Calamity says:

    “Read the fucking article, people. Two 80-something people were brutally murdered because 3 hyped-up fucksticks were on a marijuana derivative drug.”

    Yeah, except that it is not a marijuana derivative drug. Chances are, and I am surprised that nobody else has pointed it out, that it was mixed with another drug within these teens. Most likely an anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, or ADHD medication. All pharm drugs that are mixed with synthetic pot are horrible chemical reactions within the brain. Without a drug test you cannot just point to synthetic pot as being the sole cause. I bet anything that it was mixed with something else. Even alcohol is a terrible mixture.

    23rd September 2013 at 10:32 pm

  15. Llpoh says:

    SSS – thanks for taking the time to post this. No matter what, it deserves better commentary than it is getting.

    That two assholes would murder two old people is an indictment on society. The drugs, as far as I am concerned, is the secondary story. That society has decayed so far that grandkids kill their grandparents is gravely concerning. The drugs probably played a part, but who really knows.

    May those pukes rot in hell. .

    23rd September 2013 at 10:36 pm

  16. SSS says:

    “Trippy S, I get it. Drugs are bad and sometimes shit happens when people take them.”
    —-Leobeer @ SSS

    That’s all I need to hear from you on drugs, dumbass. “Sometimes shit happens.” That’s it? Brilliant argument. I’m stunned with the simplicity of it all. Stunned, I tell you.

    23rd September 2013 at 10:36 pm

  17. JIMSKI says:

    The same argument was used during proabition about some of the alternatives cooked up in bathtubs around the country. Face it SSS the cure of the drug war is worse than the disease of smoking pot. From the astonishing facts on incarceration for possesion to the mindlessness of gangs holding turf to sell pot the war has failed. You face a large uphill battle trying to convince the STM’S of this blog that any money spent on pot elimination in this country is a good idea. The fact that you tried to link pot to a chemical concoction with “similar”effects of pot is going no where on this blog.

    In other words SSS, you picked a bad week to stop sniffin glue.

    23rd September 2013 at 10:45 pm

  18. SSS says:

    Calamity

    Thanks for the thoughtful comments. The story is coming out in drips and drabs.

    You may be right on psychotropic drugs being involved. The Tucson mass murderer Jared Loughner who killed 6 and injured 7 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was a CONFIRMED heavy marijuana smoker. His medical records, which contain treatment for mental disorders, have never been publically released. Another fucking coverup under privacy laws for a person who will be confined for the rest of his life.

    Llpoh said, “That society has decayed so far that grandkids kill their grandparents is gravely concerning.” Yep.

    23rd September 2013 at 10:48 pm

  19. DC.SUNSETS says:

    SSS, where were you when pot was initially made illegal?

    Your position would have been very useful, adding to the headlines claiming that marijuana turned blacks into uncontrollable sex machines who went out and raped white women.

    Here we are, just about everyone has first hand or second hand experience with pot and you’re here to tell,us we don’t know jack, that it makes people CRAZY and murderous.

    I was around people who were high quite a lot in college but the one that gave me a scar I see every day was DRUNK.

    Locking people up for cultivating or smoking ditch weed, the stuff the natives stuffed in peace pipes. Yeah, that makes lots of sense.

    23rd September 2013 at 10:53 pm

  20. porter says:

    SSS,
    If you’re on an anti pot crusade I suggest you find a pot related story to jerk off with. This syn chem story don’t cut it. We all know that Big Pharma is evil, this only re-enforces that knowledge. You want to see intelligence, then show us the way.

    If your crusade is about good law versus bad law, pot is probably the most polarized issue you could choose. Might make sense to pick a topic that’s more weighted to one side. Do you find it ironic that the ones that make the laws are responsible for the most murders?

    Yeah, it sucks that good people get murdered. Shit happens, deal with it. Hell, you might as well get used to it, there’s more coming soon.

    23rd September 2013 at 10:57 pm

  21. 4WD says:

    It is not a derivative of Sativa.It is an attempt at remaking THC on a molecular level.

    Legalize the real thing, rob China and Mexican druglords of the profits and stop prescribing anti-depressants that increase thoughts of suicide.

    Jeebus in an asylum.

    23rd September 2013 at 11:08 pm

  22. SSS says:

    porter

    You’re a dumber cocksucker than Leobeer. I’m through with dealing with ignorant motherfuckers like you. If that story didn’t make you stop and think, and there are THOUSANDS more like it in this society, then nothing will.

    Fuck you and the horse you rode in on, you worthless, ignorant piece of shit.

    23rd September 2013 at 11:08 pm

  23. Calamity says:

    SSS- I don’t agree with you though. Just because that kid in Tuscan was a pot smoker does not mean that was the cause. I think many will agree that mental problems and most likely pharm meds contributed more than pot ever would have. Same with these murders. I cannot say for sure, because synthetic pot has only been out for a short time. But I am sure that most of the negative effects of synthetic pot are connected to big pharm drugs mixing with them. I seen habitual pot smokers switch to synthetic and have no problems. I have also seen those on anti-anxiety or ADHD meds have a horrible trip because of the mixture.

    23rd September 2013 at 11:18 pm

  24. Leobeer says:

    “The Tucson mass murderer …was a CONFIRMED heavy marijuana smoker.”

    I have known more than a few heavy marijuana smokers and none of them broke any laws (other than the drug laws.)

    How many mass murderers were CONFIRMED tobacco smokers? Should we ban tobacco now?

    This makes as much sense as banning guns because the mass murderer used a gun.

    “His medical records, which contain treatment for mental disorders”.

    There you go, that was the problem…….. not the pot use.

    23rd September 2013 at 11:19 pm

  25. 4WD says:

    Well, sad as it is, I seem to be the only one here who has actually tried this stuff.

    Again, I dont like it. Much of these synthetic things come from Asian lands.

    i never killed anyone or stole their cars. We dont know why they did what they did. I doubt we will ever know,and the sheople will soon forget.

    23rd September 2013 at 11:21 pm

  26. Calamity says:

    4WD- I tried one puff, not my cup of tea. You don’t mess with the classics.

    23rd September 2013 at 11:25 pm

  27. Llpoh says:

    SSS – the number of idiots around here has grown markedly. What a bummer.

    Leobeer is generally not in that group so Erhaps you could see fit to give him a pass.

    Z, porter etc are fair game. Calamity seems to be trying to lift her game. Worth noting.

    23rd September 2013 at 11:28 pm

  28. Calamity says:

    Every compliment a surprise.

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    23rd September 2013 at 11:34 pm

  29. SSS says:

    JIMSKI

    You haven’t listened to one, single word I’ve said about pot for the past four or five years on this site, and I’m not about to repeat any of it for you or Leobeer or porter or anyone else. In two words, fuck you.

    If this article can’t make you stop and THINK, then nothing will. I no longer intend to meet irrational, bullshit comments like yours with anything thoughtful or fact-based, which I have tried to do so unsuccessfully in the past.

    To JIMSKI and his ilk. Get ready for really over-the-top profane responses from me to your fucking ill-sourced, tired, unproven, jerk-off responses to illegal drugs. It’s exactly what you deserve.

    23rd September 2013 at 11:35 pm

  30. 4WD says:

    4WD- I tried one puff, not my cup of tea. You don’t mess with the classics. _CT

    I concur.

    23rd September 2013 at 11:44 pm

  31. Leobeer says:

    Llpoh, I don’t need a pass.

    Needless tragedies happen all the time. Alcohol is often to blame, it isn’t banned. Guns are often blamed, some want to ban them. Synthetic pot is being blamed for this. It is a banned substance and yet the tragedy still occurred.

    Banning shit that people enjoy because of the actions of a very small minority does not prevent tragedies like this.

    23rd September 2013 at 11:54 pm

  32. SSS says:

    “That’s all I need to hear from you on drugs, dumbass.”
    —-SSS @ Leobeer

    “How many mass murderers were CONFIRMED tobacco smokers? Should we ban tobacco now?”
    —-Leobeer back @ SSS

    Are we speaking the same language, dipshit? What is it about “all I need to hear from you” that you don’t understand? You add nothing to the dialogue about illegal drugs, fuckhead. Nothing.

    24th September 2013 at 12:05 am

  33. Llpoh says:

    Leo – this is more than a tragedy. This is a fucking evil, criminal act. Those fuckers need to pay with their lives. So you think that that untested, untrialed chemical cocktail should be legal because people enjoy it? Really?

    Damn, leo, but if I were you I would take advantage of the pass, because you have left yourself wide open.

    24th September 2013 at 12:06 am

  34. Leobeer says:

    “If this article can’t make you stop and THINK, then nothing will.” — SSS

    “Two 80-something people were brutally murdered because 3 hyped-up fucksticks were on a marijuana derivative drug.” — SSS

    SSS, I did stop and think. Nowhere in the article does it say they were murdered BECAUSE of the drug. That is a conclusion you came up with. Nowhere does it say WHY.

    “WTF is Spice, I asked myself? Here’s the answer, and you pot supporters won’t like it.”

    Here you have assumed that a pot supporter is a spice supporter. Not necessarily true.

    For the record, I haven’t smoked pot in at least 20 years. I gave it up because I no longer enjoyed it, I prefer beer. And no, I didn’t have any urges to kill my grandparents.

    24th September 2013 at 12:09 am

  35. Zarathustra says:

    How wonderful of Llpoh to decide who is “fair game.” I’m sure SSS is quite relieved to have the benefit of his guidance and permission.

    24th September 2013 at 12:12 am

  36. Calamity says:

    “Here you have assumed that a pot supporter is a spice supporter. Not necessarily true”

    Exactly. I am not a synthetic supporter. I do however believe marijuana should be legal. Trying to say synthetic and marijuana are so similar they are equal is not true. They are as similar as GMOs and Organic vegetables.

    24th September 2013 at 12:17 am

  37. SSS says:

    Leobeer

    Your posts on this thread are becoming increasingly irrational and, to me at least, really fucking unwelcome. You’ve made your stupid shit points. Now get your sorry fucking ass elsewhere.

    24th September 2013 at 12:20 am

  38. Leobeer says:

    Llpoh, I agree,the killers need to be strung up.

    Should an untested chemical cocktail be legal? No. My point is banning it does not prevent tragedies.

    24th September 2013 at 12:21 am

  39. Calamity says:

    24th September 2013 at 12:21 am

  40. SSS says:

    Calamity

    Do you ever know when to shut your fucking piehole? Ever?

    24th September 2013 at 12:23 am

  41. SAH says:

    @SSS – I am not sure what your point is. I am trying hard to understand, but it’s very jumbled and convoluted…

    So, we need more/better/tougher War on Drugs?
    Or,
    We need to make tougher murder penalties?
    Or,
    Synthetic unknown chemical substances which may bind to cannabinoid receptors in the brain (by the way, SSS, many plants and even the human body itself produces a variety of cannabinoids — it is merely a type of chemical, one which binds with the natural cannabinoids receptors in your body) mean all cannabinoids need to be banned? (Presumably even those produced by the human body – if they are all equally harmful and dangerous by way of binding to the same receptors)
    Or,
    You really don’t know what the fucking fuck you are talking about, maybe?

    From the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Regarding “Spice”:
    “So far, there have been no scientific studies of Spice’s effects on the human brain, but we do know that the cannabinoid compounds found in Spice products act on the same cell receptors as THC, the primary psychoactive component of marijuana. Some of the compounds found in Spice, however, bind more strongly to those receptors, which could lead to a much more powerful and unpredictable effect. Because the chemical composition of many products sold as Spice is unknown, it is likely that some varieties also contain substances that could cause dramatically different effects than the user might expect.”

    Comparing Spice to Marijuana is like comparing snorting Oxycodone to smoking the fresh milk of a poppy pod. Actually, it’s even worse than that because Oxycodone has a known chemical composition while Spice has an unknown chemical composition and surely includes other psychoactive ingredients which are NOT cannabinoids in any way. Regardless, Spice contains no THC or other natural cannabinoids from the marijuana plant. It is in no way a “marijuana derivative”. It is an unknown cocktail of synthetic drugs, some of which may bind with cannabinoids receptors in the human body in ways which are unknown and have never been studied. It’s really, really stupid to try Spice. It’s also really stupid to kill your grandparents. Maybe the problem is amoral, stupid people.

    What about the millions of people who smoke marijuana every day and don’t murder anyone? Did I ever tell you my grandmother was stabbed to death in her chair (at age 82), by a hired gardener who came in and randomly attacked her? They think he was completely sober at the time (when they picked the perp up later he was drunk). What about the drunk Mexican who tried to kick my door in to undoubtedly rape and murder me and my kids (.357mag with laser site is a great deterrent) – do we need to go back to prohibition? Drunk people do crazy stupid shit – no doubt alcohol is involved in more crimes than all other drugs combined. Oh, and alcohol kils thousands of random innocent people on the roads – men, women, children, old people, infants, married people, motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, moms pushing strollers, etc. Where are your tears, SSS? Where is the outrage?! OMFG, ethyl alcohol is the devil.

    Speaking of devils, we all know the CIA is the ultimate illicit drug organization on the planet. Most wars are to get the CIA access to the drugs they bring to the USA… Vietnam = pot and heroin in the USA 1960-1970s… South American Guerilla bullshit = cocaine boom in the USA 1980s…. Mexicans in the 1990s-early 2000s = Meth. Afghanistan War = resurgence of Heroin. Please stop playing so stupid, SSS. Your buddies are the king pins of it all… Texas (GHWB – former director of the CIA, & sonny boy GWB) Arkansas (Clintons) and Florida (Jeb) are the main import hubs for CIA drug operations. Fucking criminals. Feds are full of the biggest chemical pushers on the planet. A bunch of lowlifes.

    24th September 2013 at 12:26 am

  42. SSS says:

    “Should an untested chemical cocktail be legal? No. My point is banning it does not prevent tragedies.”
    —-Leobeer, in his best Socrates imitation

    You are one dumb motherfucker. Murder is banned in every single nation on the planet.

    And the result is ……… ? Get the fuck off this thread!!!!

    24th September 2013 at 12:29 am

  43. Calamity says:

    SSS- Your argument is ridiculous to begin with. You are trying to say a synthetic drug made in a lab, to have the effect similar to pot, is actually the same thing as pot. Not true. They are not the same thing at all.

    24th September 2013 at 12:32 am

  44. TheCynic says:

    Calamity

    SSS made the point -they bought it for less than the price of the semi-legalized.pot that is available.

    Cheap matters to druggies since they invariably piss money away like it’s going out of style. Most druggies are flat ass broke SOB’s.

    Go online and you can find baths salts for sale at dirt cheap prices($15.00 a package) unlike the legalized pot which can retail at $400 a ounce and is mainly targeted at white middle-class functional drug addicts

    Big difference to a scumbag druggie with no job and a habit that won’t quit. Bath Salts are a viable alternative to them.

    24th September 2013 at 12:50 am

  45. Calamity says:

    they bought it for less than the price of the semi-legalized.pot that is available.

    Yeah it is cheaper, because it is a very small packet. It is also bought more frequently because it is legal and easily obtained. I would say ease of access makes it more popular than the price. Most synthetic smokers buy it because it is legal.

    24th September 2013 at 12:55 am

  46. Leobeer says:

    Trippy S, Murder is banned in every single nation on the planet and yet every single nation on the planet still has murders including the nations with no drug problems. Drugs don’t murder people, people do.

    Has it even occurred to you that smoking pot may prevent some murders? How about someone that is angry, goes home smokes a joint and relaxes to forget how angry he is. Or maybe too stoned to go out and kill someone. We will never have the stats for that scenario, will we?

    As for this thread, you have taken a real tragedy and given it a sarcastic title to push your anti-drug agenda. I’m done with it.

    24th September 2013 at 1:01 am

  47. SSS says:

    Calamity

    My argument is not ridiculous. The illiterate consumers of Spice think they’re smoking a cheap version of Mary Jane. It’s that fucking simple. Did you read the FACTS of what led to their arrest? They’re stupid.

    Can you get behind condemning these low-life, know-nothing, drug-addled cretins who killed two innocent 80-something helpless citizens? Of course you can’t. It conflicts with your idiotic, fucking “legalize drugs” stance. Good luck with that, dipstick.

    Much like Leobeer, I have little else to say to you. You don’t know when to shut your fucking mouth, and you continue to prove it over and over.

    24th September 2013 at 1:06 am

  48. Calamity says:

    1. Nobody who smokes synthetic weed believes it is actual weed.

    2. Ever heard of people just being fucking crazy? No other reason then they were fucking lunatics who do horrible things?

    3. I never said drugs should be legal. I said marijuana should be legal. I gave a specific drug.

    Reefer Madness Propaganda? I think so.

    24th September 2013 at 1:15 am

  49. Calamity says:

    Damn youtube.

    24th September 2013 at 1:20 am

  50. Llpoh says:

    Z – I am always happy to point out idiots. It is a sacred duty. Many point themselves out, as seems to be happening on this thread.

    I have not seen SSS so riled up in ages. He has a low tolerance for stupid, and right now there is just so much of it oozing out on this thread that he is coming down with hives. I have to agree with him that there are some really poorly thought out comments being made.

    24th September 2013 at 1:27 am

  51. SSS says:

    “I have not seen SSS so riled up in ages. …… I have to agree with him that there are some really poorly thought out comments being made.”
    —-Llpoh

    Yeah, llpoh, and some of the poorly thought out comments are mine, intentionally.

    I warned these assholes early on that I would fight fire with fire. These dumbfucks don’t know shit from Shinola about drugs, except for the fact that “Hey, I tried this (insert number of years) ago, and I came out fine.” Goddamn, that gets old.

    So, dumbfucks, you’d like shit for shit? You got it. Bring it.

    Oh, can you pause for one fucking second in your life and at least THINK about Erskin and Mary Louise Fulgham? Just one second?

    24th September 2013 at 1:54 am

  52. 4WD says:

    The illiterate consumers of Spice think they’re smoking a cheap version of Mary Jane -Sss

    No, they do it ,mainly, to pass the drug test. A pot like high. But a wrong high.

    24th September 2013 at 2:03 am

  53. Calamity says:

    “Oh, can you pause for one fucking second in your life and at least THINK about Erskin and Mary Louise Fulgham? Just one second?’

    Ok, lets think about them for a second. They were brutally murdered in their home. The suspects in the case is their own grandson who was found in their car. A car that was reported stolen by the police after their murder. Their grandson said he borrowed the car to go to a family reunion in WY. Was it actually stolen? The owners are decease so we don’t know. Being in the car in another state is not an admission of guilt. It could have very well been borrowed. So far that is just speculation.

    Their grandson also had a male friend and a female friend (maybe a girlfriend) in the car. The female friend is the one who said the two males smoked 6 packs per day. Again, just speculation. Doesn’t mean she knows their habits and consumption accurately. Only a drug test or the guys saying how much. The two males pointed the finger at each other of who murdered the grandparents. Again, that doesn’t mean a confession or admission of guilt. People confess to crimes all the times based on interrogators tactics these days. For all we know the grandson and friend didn’t murder them and were only at the residence to borrow the car.

    Driving the opposite direction of WY. Still, not an admission of guilt. I have gotten lost on the highway before and had to turn around. There is an exit in Texas where the off ramp is on the LEFT side of the road. Weird as hell, and I miss it all the time. Also, aren’t gas stations few an far between in that area of the country. Where it is likely you may need sometime 10 miles outside of a town and have to loop around at that moment or wait another 50 or so miles for another town?

    SSS- Like you said, the details of the story is trickling out. I always assume police are idiots trying to find anybody as soon as possible. Doesn’t mean they find the right people. Also, there is no proof these guys were actually smoking synthetic pot that particular day. Just the girl who was with them said they had a habit.

    24th September 2013 at 2:33 am

  54. flash says:

    All drugs,recreational and prescribed should be illegal and violators promptly incarcerated , because no sober person ever commits a crime or murder …..I blame my keyboard for this thought.

    24th September 2013 at 7:20 am

  55. Administrator says:

    SSS is spitting mad. He is ready to take on all the TBP monkeys simultaneously.

    24th September 2013 at 8:41 am

  56. harry p. says:

    flash,
    amen, +1000

    24th September 2013 at 9:00 am

  57. flash says:

    @ harry
    I blame the scary black assault keyboard…

    24th September 2013 at 9:10 am

  58. TPC says:

    Again, attempting to express remorse over the internet is an exercise in futility, no matter what I always sound like a douchebag.

    If one of my family offed my grandparents in such a fashion, I’d feel compelled to “keep it in the family,” and let justice be done.

    As for trying to link K2 and Mary-J….seriously man? From the same damned wiki source where you got your info on spice:

    “Synthetic” is considered a misnomer, because the ingredients contained in these products are mimics, not copies of THC.[3]

    Mimics. Not copies. At a molecular level a few changes here or there make a big difference. These designer drugs are meant to mimic the feel-goods generated by THC, but are not synthetic THC (which has been developed).

    Frankly its kind of embarrassing that you tried to use this case to further your own anti-marijuana agenda. Like Feinstein and Sandy Hook.

    24th September 2013 at 9:44 am

  59. JJ3 says:

    SSS – ur a fucking idiot, while this is a tragic story, spice and marijuana are completely different. To try to say someone does something stupid while high on spice and then try to blame it on marijuana is just plain ignorant. You are completely showing your ass and shitting all over your own point at the same time.

    I have tried spice and I have friends who tried it as they get drug tested for their job. It’s a horrible disgusting fake drug and all it does is give you a headache. You literally cannot smoke more than one hit without feeling completely out of your mind. If these guys were smoking that much spice then yes they were completely out of their mind. That drug should absolutely be banned it is just as bad as bath salts.

    However, I have friends that are professionals, who smoke weed on a daily basis and function at a high level, do well in their jobs, raise families and go to church.

    Get off of your fucking high horse you clown, why the fuck do you think you have the right to tell someone like that what they can and can’t put into their own bodies? Seriously go fuck yourself.

    I absolutely despise people like you, you fucking statist wanna be pig. I bet you drink a bottle of scotch a night and then have the nerve to tell people who don’t want to ruin their liver that they don’t have a right to smoke something that grows naturally and gives you a mellow high.

    You need to seriously reevaluate your position on this because you are dead wrong.

    And yes to the first response, if it wasn’t illegal then these scumbags would not invent a product like spice that is worse than cocaine and crack combined.

    I have no problem with you saying that spice is a horrible drug and responsible for these deaths but to make the leap in logic to blame weed because it is supposedly a synthetic version of this drug.

    It’s not, it’s not even close. Why don’t you try to get all your facts straight before making such a stupid comment and coming to an even dumber conclusion.

    Oh and go fuck yourself, or did I already say that?

    24th September 2013 at 9:54 am

  60. Administrator says:

    TPC applies the coup de grace to SSS and his drug rant.

    24th September 2013 at 9:56 am

  61. Stucky says:

    “If this article can’t make you stop and THINK, then nothing will.” —–SSS

    Can you be any more condescending to the readers / posters here? Just because people don’t agree with you, doesn’t mean they aren’t thinking about the story.

    .
    “These dumbfucks don’t know shit from Shinola about drugs.” —– SSS

    More condescension. Many of us here, like myself, are former pot smokers. Some, I am sure, have done harder stuff.

    .
    “You add nothing to the dialogue about illegal drugs, fuckhead. Nothing.” —— SSS

    And what NEW info have you added? You use a tragedy to push your agenda, while coming to the wrong conclusion that marijuana was the cause.

    .
    Fine. I read that the perps drove a 2004 Buick. I think we need to ban Buicks. Especially 2004’s. Really.

    24th September 2013 at 10:05 am

  62. harry p. says:

    nice rant jj3, (that might be the angriest comment I have ever read of yours, very nice)

    between your and flash’s comments SSS is probably stewing right now. his position has been steadfast on this as long as i have been here (I respect his tenacity but deplore the stupidity). not sure why he posted it on a site like this and expecting to “turn” people to his stance. people semi-regulary post in favor

    too many people have focused on drugs good vs drugs bad when the question about drugs is actually a question of self-ownership. if a person believes he/she has the right or authority to dictate what another person puts or doesn’t put into your body they are declaring you a slave and them a slave owner. you are the property of the state and you can’t be allowed to destroy the state’s property, it is tyranny 101.

    declarations like that is why the 2nd amendment is so important.

    24th September 2013 at 10:15 am

  63. Administrator says:

    SSS after another foray into TBP journalism. I can’t wait for your next post about the hidden benefits of Fukushima.

    24th September 2013 at 10:26 am

  64. AWD says:

    The hit squad saved SS and Medicare millions. These thugs have since been hired by the IRS, Obamacare division, and placed on the “death panel” squad in charge of offing geezers who serve no useful purpose on this planet any longer.

    24th September 2013 at 10:29 am

  65. Maddie's Mom says:

    There are news stories from coast to coast of grandparents having been murdered by a grandchild.

    If you’re a grandparent, arm yourself. Especially if you happen to have a drug-using and/or mentally unstable grandchild.

    Seriously.

    24th September 2013 at 10:35 am

  66. Stucky says:

    AWD

    So Erskin and Louise Fulgham are old geezers serving no useful purpose and you celebrate their death because it saved money?

    Your callousness knows no bounds. I think you are mentally disturbed. Not that you care, but my respect for you is approaching zero.

    24th September 2013 at 10:38 am

  67. 4WD says:

    Wow. This got ugly.

    Good job tree climbing shit slingers. =)

    24th September 2013 at 10:44 am

  68. 4WD says:

    The hit squad saved SS and Medicare millions -AWD

    And what do you think it will cost to keep these morons in detention?

    You have just limboed under the absurd bar and leaped into pit of sociopathy.

    Doctor my ass.

    24th September 2013 at 10:48 am

  69. TPC says:

    @harry p. – “too many people have focused on drugs good vs drugs bad when the question about drugs is actually a question of self-ownership. if a person believes he/she has the right or authority to dictate what another person puts or doesn’t put into your body they are declaring you a slave and them a slave owner.”

    I can’t take such a wide stance on drugs unfortunately. History repeats, and if we truly cut the drug monster loose I’ve little doubt that another Opium War would eventually happen.

    There are hardcore drugs out there that turn their users into absolute slaves. Its just as important to recognize that as it is to recognize a ‘benign’ drug for what it is.

    The pros and cons of cannabis use have been exhaustively research and reported upon. While both sides of the aisle paint a biased picture in their favor, some facts certainly stand out:

    1) It is nowhere near as addictive (physiologically) as nicotine or caffeine, two widely used and generally accepted narcotics.

    2) At the molecular level its active compound (THC) is safer than the active compound in tobacco (nicotine).

    3) It has been demonstrated repeatedly to no more or less harmful than other drugs found in common everyday usage, either over the counter drugs, prescriptions, or otherwise.

    Opiates? Amphetamines? Designer drugs?

    In some cases I’m on the fence, on others (opiates) I’m for their strict control.

    Just like education or healthcare, a “one size fits all” approach to drug control is fucktardedly stupid.

    Wide open arms are just as foolish as zero tolerance policies.

    24th September 2013 at 10:56 am

  70. AWD says:

    Stuck

    When I make a sarcastic comment, do I actually have to spell out the word “S-A-R-C-A-S-M?”

    I hope not. I was making a joke on Obamacare, which will be ending more lives of the elderly than 10,000 groups of thugs whacked out on synthetic weed, bath salts, PCP, meth, crack, Colt malt liquor, or any other substance used to escape reality and welfare dependence.

    24th September 2013 at 11:04 am

  71. AWD says:

    I might remind those whipped into a frenzy here of actual death rates:

    Nicotine abuse: 360,000 deaths a year

    Obesity: 340,000 deaths a year

    Alcohol abuse: 40,000 deaths a year

    Illegal drugs: 12,000 deaths a year

    Try to keep things in perspective. By 2015, Obesity will overtake smoking/nicotine as the #1 cause of death in the USSA.

    24th September 2013 at 11:07 am

  72. Calamity says:

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    24th September 2013 at 11:12 am

  73. TPC says:

    As an aside, I love Katey Cuoco. I have since she first popped up on 8 Simple Rules with John Ritter.

    @AWD – Unless you are trying to make the case that food as a drug, you are also making yourself out to be a Feinstein.

    All we need now is SAH to show up and turn it into a Boomer debate, then we’ll have everyone’s favorite peccadilloes in one grand unrelated thread.

    24th September 2013 at 11:17 am

  74. TeresaE says:

    This story is a good reminder that humans are inherently violent and that society and family are the only things keeping SOME of us in line.

    This isn’t a new phenomena, anyone else remember, “…Lizzy Borden took an axe and gave her father 40 whacks…”?

    People have been BRUTALLY murdering people for our entire existence.

    Blaming it on a substance – no matter the substance, unless it 100% alters your brain to the point of becoming a different person – is nothing but bullshit.

    What drug did Lizzy Borden blame the murders on?

    The guy that went crazy in Michigan back at the turn of the last century and killed his family and nearly every school age child in an entire county wasn’t using drugs.

    I am sick to fucking death of people trying to EXCUSE human behavior and blame it on a substance.

    This shit AIN’T new and DOESN’T require any thought.

    Prohibition has NEVER ACCOMPLISHED any societal good, only good for the likes of SSS, his fellow pensioners, the future pensioners and the ever-strengthening mob/crime syndicates and they all keep pushing their Puritanical bullshit as a solution.

    Fucking sheep come in all colors of the voting booth.

    Fools, keep thinking that Ronnie Reagan was right and it was the “drugs’ fault” his little spoiled fucking brats were worthless.

    I hate to sound callous, but here is the truth, what in the FUCK did these people help to create that would allow a family member to do something like this?

    My family is FILLED with drug users (lots of my cousins have had problems with harder drugs than Mary Jane), and not fucking ONE of them has EVER committed a violent crime.

    Quit allowing SCUM to alleviate their own blame with your personal satisfaction of controlling the world.

    It isn’t the fucking drugs, it IS the POS human scum.

    Whatever, SSS you provide me with proof that your generation is to blame for MOST of our current gubment overreach.

    Your beliefs and philosophies have been destroying this country for multi-generations and I’m sure will help finish us off soon.

    My father, like you, blames the brown people, blames the drugs, blames the prostitutes, but never, ever, accepts that humans are primarily POS with base instincts that some never learn to control and that fucking LAWS don’t STOP criminal behavior. Not now, not EVER.

    Bomb away, poison away, nuke away, just for fuck’s sake NEVER EVER smoke a fucking evil joint, that hurts people.

    Your hypocrisy is both amusing and sad to me.

    Thanks for sharing this but I’m not afraid of the drug-users (no matter which one they are using) because the odds of my being killed by either a cop, or a doctor, so far exceed the odds of this happening that I can’t even be bothered to worry about it.

    Want to protect the weak? Fucking ARM THEM and teach them how to shoot to defend themselves. The rest is just worthless words and more copfuks to destroy the innocents’ lives.

    24th September 2013 at 11:37 am

  75. AWD says:

    Food is a drug.

    Eating fat triggers dopamine release in the brain similar to cocaine

    When you eat, your stomach stretches, causing opiate release much like heroin.

    Your fat cells release endocannibinoids, natural marijuana into your system.

    Any drug, legal or illegal, is already being made in your body, otherwise you would not have evolved with a receptor for it. Drugs like alcohol work on neurotransmitter systems to cause dis-inhibition. And like any drug, people build up tolerances to food, and must take ever increasing “doses” to cause the same effect.

    24th September 2013 at 11:40 am

  76. SAH says:

    Criminalization allows chaos, control and corruption – 2 things Fed fuckfaces love. The Drug War and this sort of solipsistic drivel as posted by SSS allows major Federal thugs to operate: DEA (obvious); CIA (arming foreign drug producers, providing transportation, protection, etc and bringing the drugs right onto US streets, while using this system to also press foreign drug producers for intel); DHS; FBI; FDA; NIH; ATF; military style arming of Police; Wars; Special Military Operations around the globe; Federal Prisons; etc.

    Our fucking Federal Government and its cronies both lobby for strict criminalization and demo nation of drugs; simultaneously they import the drugs, arm the drug lords, give them CIA planes and fly the drugs right in; then that keeps the FBI, DEA, Police, ATF, DHS; Prisons; etc nice and busy with bigger and bigger budgets and more chaos and control. Then the CIA and their buddies in the military can go carry out ops against rival drug producers and snipe a few side enemies in the process and have “drug” reasons to go meddle in foreign affairs…. Meanwhile they cooperate with their own drug producers to bring literally tons of cocaine, heroin, meth and other drugs into the US and dump them in the streets. (Thus keeping all their other Fed buddies über employed). And round, and round it goes. Operative like SSS propagate scientific falsehoods and make blind appeals to emotion “oh the dangers, the horrors, the dead grandparents”. They need to keep the Drug War going. But they also need to keep losing, never actually win. They want Criminalization, Chaos; Control; Corruption. Repeat ad infinitum. Aren’t you retired, SSS? You can stop with your asinine CIA drug propaganda bullshit. Seriously. We are all adults here. Lets cut the bullshit. You and your homies want to control the drug trade with no competitors. You also want it to stay criminalized in order to excuse selective violence and imprisonments against US Citizens and foreign nationals – but, you will selectively punish and also selectively protect other drug users/producers. Most importantly, for all the unscientific misdirection and emotionalism – the CIA (and Fed) will always protect and maintain the drug trade. Illicit, Pharmaceuticals, you name it. The federal gov is the most sophisticated drug trade organization in Earth history.

    Here is what happens when you decriminalize: http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1893946,00.html

    24th September 2013 at 11:42 am

  77. Stucky says:

    AWD

    OK.

    I missed the sarcasm aspect.

    I lose most of my mental acuity when our half-Neegro-In-Charge spews his bullshit to the U.N.

    24th September 2013 at 11:48 am

  78. Stucky says:

    +1,000 to TeresaE’s post @11:37 ….. obliterating SSS’s pathetic arguments in every paragraph.

    Hey, girl … where’s that magnesium info??

    24th September 2013 at 11:53 am

  79. Tof says:

    I’ve tried Spice. It’s nothing like the real thing. Synthetics are nasty.

    24th September 2013 at 11:57 am

  80. Calamity says:

    “The guy that went crazy in Michigan back at the turn of the last century and killed his family and nearly every school age child in an entire county wasn’t using drugs.”

    Oh thank you. I had written before that my great aunt and uncle were in the building at the time of that bombing. Even 86 years later the community still has the same conclusion. That Kehoe was a lunatic. There was an investigation and that was their findings. He was just crazy. I still have plenty of family documents about the bombing. Definitely interesting to see the stark contrast of the reaction then and the reaction now. America is really odd today. We have to figure out every detail and blame something. Not that crazy people do crazy shit. Nope, what was his motives? Was he hugged enough as a child? Did he used to wet the bed as a child? Did his parents not let him watch Mister Rogers and Sesame Street as a child? This pop psychology of a culture we have now is annoying.

    24th September 2013 at 11:58 am

  81. Sensetti says:

    Great thread!!

    Tylenol works on cannabinoid receptor for whatever that’s worth.

    24th September 2013 at 12:06 pm

  82. AWD says:

    “From your description you mean just about anything our body does. Neurotransmitter? DRUGS! Hormone? DRUGS! Pulled muscle? DRUGS!”

    Your body is a storehouse of drugs. They’re still discovering endogenous drugs made by the body.

    Osteopathic and homeopathic medicine tries to use your endogenous drug system for benefit. Unfortunately, the mind is stronger than the body. Most people are neurotic, anxious, depressed, delusional, brainwashed, programmed, and otherwise mentally unhealthy and unstable. This causes release of destructive chemicals like cortisol, epinephrine, and other stress hormones which cause a cascade resulting in compulsive and addictive eating and drug takiing. Our society has a mental disease(s), consumerism. Go to where people are actually happy, like Africa. The poorer they are, they happier they are. I’ve seen it around the globe.

    24th September 2013 at 12:17 pm

  83. bostonbob says:

    AWD,
    I don’t know why you have to pick on us Colt – 45 drinkers, although I prefer a couple of 24oz Steel Reserves after a long hard day of watching Judge Judy and playing GTA5.
    Bob.

    24th September 2013 at 12:33 pm

  84. TPC says:

    “Your body is a storehouse of drugs. They’re still discovering endogenous drugs made by the body.”

    You give drugs the broadest definition I’ve ever seen in my life, and that includes the dirty hippy down the block who still smokes banana peels for his high.

    “Go to where people are actually happy, like Africa. The poorer they are, they happier they are. I’ve seen it around the globe.”

    Now this I’ll agree with. American consumerism destroys more lives than any drug ever could.

    24th September 2013 at 12:34 pm

  85. AWD says:

    “Eating fat triggers dopamine release in the brain similar to cocaine”

    So does a blowjob, I don’t see you trying to outlaw those.

    For that matter, so does the image of boobies.”

    I see the disgusting results of people eating their weight in fat. Considering the number of blowjobs I get, and the number of “hot” titties, not the kind hanging off chicks whose bellies are bigger than their boobs, or moobs; I’m all for blowjobs, and Kate Upton.

    24th September 2013 at 12:46 pm

  86. bb says:

    SAH, you said you were depressed and you didn’t care anymore..Now you.want to legalize drugs .I think you are a typical woman who doesn’t know what you are ,want or believe.But don’t worry I still have a fantasy or two about you.ha ha.
    Keep coming back to the BP .You can always get a good laugh at the stupid shit I say.

    24th September 2013 at 1:19 pm

  87. Cynical30 says:

    Damn I was going to comment but JJ pretty much nailed it.

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    24th September 2013 at 1:59 pm

  88. varnelius says:

    $100 that they were on SSRIs (or suffering withdrawl thereof), like damn near all of the mass shooters in the last 20 years.

    24th September 2013 at 2:25 pm

  89. SSS says:

    “$100 that they were on SSRIs (or suffering withdrawl thereof), like damn near all of the mass shooters in the last 20 years.”
    —-Varnelius

    Although off topic, Varnelius said something sensible. Rare in this fucked up thread.

    24th September 2013 at 2:39 pm

  90. Administrator says:

    SSS on the course this morning after getting his ass handed to him by the TBP drug crazed shit throwing monkeys.

    24th September 2013 at 3:05 pm

  91. TPC says:

    @SSS – “Will legalizing drugs make those costs and crimes go away?Anyone wanna tackle that issue?”

    For marijuana? I’m assuming the cost will go down as the number of inmates will go down. I’m assuming the cost will go down as we spend an exorbitant amount of money turning local police into paramilitary forces just so they can deal with potheads.

    I’m also assuming the amount of prescription painkillers killing people will go down as people opt to take the (assumed) cheaper marijuana route rather than going through Obamacare to get some $500/pill feel-goods.

    I’m assuming that (assuming its regulated similarly to alcohol) it will actually generate revenue as pot-dispensaries open up, farmers switch over to selling cannabis from tobacco in their free space, and people buy a product that has been proven effective over the last millenia.

    The only criminal aspect to marijuana is the drug cartels that control the flow of the drug. Legalizing it means that the scarcity of the product will no longer drive the price, but the demand. The demand is known (its high) and this is an easily grown product so (much like beer) one can only assume weed would be cheap and readily available.

    Please, enlighten me with your super-secret CIA files as to how legalizing marijuana is the end of all things.

    24th September 2013 at 3:12 pm

  92. varnelius says:

    I wasn’t going to comment on the legal/illegal argument going on in this thread, but I put my floaties on and will venture into the pool.

    For years I had the opinion that they should legalize pot, tax it, and dedicate that tax revenue to continuing to fight the war on the harder drugs (cocaine heroin, meth, etc).

    Now days, (since my libertarian awakening) I think they should just legalize them all. If someone wants to earn a darwinian award for getting into meth, bath salts, or whatever, have at it hoss. There will be more for everyone else once they’re gone.

    Slap some warning labels on em, like cancer sticks.

    24th September 2013 at 3:26 pm

  93. TPC says:

    @varnelius –

    ” There will be more for everyone else once they’re gone.”

    Have you ever read of the Opium Wars? Loosen the restrictions on opiates and you will see a whole new hell unleashed on the streets.

    Some drugs are a threat to national security. Marijuana is not just one of them. Drugs should be approved on a case-by-case basis, not wholesale.

    Use your fucking brain.

    24th September 2013 at 3:34 pm

  94. AWD says:

    Paying the millions of cops, local, country, state and Federal, the incarceration costs, legal fees, judges, lawyers, millions of bureaucrats, jails, prisons, the ruined lives, the innocent children, all because of drugs, which the government has been utterly unable to prevent or otherwise slow the flow and distribution of. Trillions of dollars wasted. And pharmaceutical drugs kill 10x more people every year than illegal drugs. Like Nancy Reagan said “Just say no”, it works for SSS, it’ll work for everyone.

    Meanwhile, at the most toothless place on earth:

    WalMartMeth.jpg?width=500

    This isn’t nearly as shocking as when I found out they sold vegetables at Wal-Mart.

    24th September 2013 at 3:55 pm

  95. varnelius says:

    TPC, I took your advice and read the entirety of:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_Wars

    I don’t get your point one bit. A bunch of people died because of people sticking their noses in others business. In the end China legalized the opium, however the British would have never been bringing it there in the first place if there wasn’t such a severe trade imbalance.

    Please explain, we let people take vicodin et al every day.

    24th September 2013 at 4:10 pm

  96. Bostonbob says:

    About 750,000 arrests for marijuana possession each year. I cannot imagine a greater waste of resources other than almost anything else the government gets involved in. Between the processing of these arrests and the permanent records for many of the young people who so frequently get caught, it serves no useful purpose.

    My 17 year old daughter has told me that access to any drug at her very nice suburban high school is completely unrestricted. You can get anything illegal or prescription that you are looking for with a quick phone call or text. She tells me that it would be a much shorter list of kids that don’t do drugs than are actually doing them. Fortunately my kids have seen fit not to experiment with drugs as there dad had in high school and college.

    TPC you will appreciate this. My son is taking 5 Chemical Engineering courses this semester (Junior year), a cruel scheduling trick of the university in order to get kids to have to take extra semesters. He has little time for drugs or drinking and thus far has not partaken in them. Quite a different time from when I went to UMass in 1980 and the president of our fraternity was a Chem E major. Of course in 1980 there weren’t cameras and cell phones with cameras everywhere and with one phone call you could have a dozen kegs delivered to your fraternity without a permit.

    Bob

    24th September 2013 at 4:29 pm

  97. Administrator says:

    Bostonbob

    You need to put your Keynesian hat on. The 750,000 arrests for marijuana keep thousands of union prison guards gainfully employed. It keeps thousands of union donut eaters employed processing, tasering, and intimidating youngsters. Think of all the donuts that pays for.

    If we legalize pot, the economy would collapse. Of course the donut eaters could be reassigned to giving out traffic tickets for non-violations by the sheep.

    24th September 2013 at 4:50 pm

  98. Bostonbob says:

    Good point Admin, I hadn’t had time to grow out my Krugman beard and take my Keynesian laxative so I could shit out some BLS statistics that show we are in a drug induced recovery.
    Bob.

    24th September 2013 at 5:07 pm

  99. TPC says:

    @varnellius – Drugs that are supremely addictive as well as controlling of their user (the “numbing” quality of opium) are dangerous. They use the user, and its not a matter of self-control, your body will force you to become enslaved to the stuff, posthaste. The British weaponize a drug during the Opium Wars, and used its not out of the realm of possibility that another nation may one day do something similar with another mind-control drug.

    You see a suppression of rights. I see common sense. All drugs were not created equal, just as all weapons weren’t created equal.

    For example, I am a strong proponent of the second amendment, to the point that I think if a private citizen can afford an Abrams main battle tank, they would be able to have one.

    That doesn’t mean I think chemical weapons and nukes should be available to every citizen.

    Mary-J is like an automatic weapon. Opium is like napalm.

    @Bostonbob – I never understood how people were able to enjoy college. It was pure unadulterated hell for both me and my wife. There was no fun to be had. To pay our way we both worked full time, and because our parents were “middle class” we got zero financial help.

    Both of us qualified for damn near full ride academic scholarships, but lost them almost immediately because (surprise surprise) things were still too expensive. We had to have jobs to pay for gas, books and other school supplies. Jobs meant not being able to devote our full attention to our degrees, we both lost our scholarships (had to maintain a 3.8 GPA, not easy to do in chemistry) which of course increased the amount of money we had to shell out each semester, causing us to work more hours.

    Luckily we both worked at the hospital, and were able to work all available nights/holidays in order to pay our way. I didn’t see my family for 5 years straight because I couldn’t afford to come back to see them, and they weren’t able to help financially (though if guilt was a currency, they would have been Bernanke’ing up the place).

    As for the extra semesters trick, I got caught up in that one as well. I was faced with the option of actually completing my BioChemistry and Molecular Biology degree (with a minor in microbiology) or taking the much less impressive sounding “Natural Sciences Chemistry – Health” degree….which was usually reserved for failed medschool students.

    I fell one class short of the “impressive” degree and ended up with the other scrubs. I could have stuck around for another year and a half to get the impressive one, but thanks to how ridiculous the course load was, I was almost to the limit I could have of “degree-less” credit hours and still get financial aid.

    The system if a fucking joke these days. Tell your boy to keep his nose to the grindstone, and graduate ASAP, college fucking sucks but being in your 20s with some money in your pocket and school behind you feels fucking fantastic. As a ChemE he will always have job openings, hell maybe he could get one for a company traveling the world. I know many a ChemE who have gone on to be an inspector and get to jet set all over the place.

    @Admin – As a pure Keynsian, you know I have to agree with you. In fact, I think we should outlaw all food next, as 100% of doctors in this thread have claimed food is a drug and as we all know…

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    24th September 2013 at 5:17 pm

  100. flash says:

    There is absolutely no reason to abuse illegal drugs when so many legal ones are available for the asking …and will put you out of your misery a lot sooner.

    After surgery, and in extreme pain, my genius MD tells me ” just to up your dosage of of hydrocodone from 3 to 6 a day”…not giving a rats ass about my liver or apparently my life…

    FAMDITAWARF

    This hunt is not just an academic exercise. Tylenol is the No. 1 reason for liver failure in America today – not because people are knowingly taking an overdose, but because they are being unwittingly exposed to acetaminophen from a variety of sources over a long period of time. The Tylenol people have done a great job of slipping their product into a myriad of commonly used drugs.

    Instead of Lortab or other combination pain killers, I routinely give my patients plain Codeine after surgery, but until I specifically asked for it, my local pharmacy had no common prescription narcotic painkiller without Tylenol. Generally, pain medicine given post-op contains Tylenol.

    http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/the-most-common-pain-killer-is-a-killer/

    24th September 2013 at 5:32 pm

  101. flash says:

    For some major insight into the Wall Street /CIA/Prison Industry /Section 8 housing connection read this:
    http://www.dunwalke.com/introduction.htm
    Dillon Read & Co. Inc. & the Aristocracy of Prison Profits
    by Catherine Austin Fitts

    It’s a long read , but worth the time…promise.

    24th September 2013 at 5:35 pm

  102. SSS says:

    Huff Post article, September 2012

    In Washington, a 25 percent excise tax would be in place if the state passes Initiative 502 (comment: it did), which state revenue experts say could generate as much as $1.9 billion over the next five years, The Seattle Times reported. If passed, the initiative would allow adults 21 and older to buy up limited amounts of marijuana or marijuana-infused food products and would create state-licensed growers and retailers.

    The Associated Press reports that if Washington’s I-502 passes:

    •Public use or display of marijuana would be barred.
    •No marijuana facilities could be located near schools, day cares, parks or libraries.
    •Employers would still be able to fire workers who test positive for pot.
    •It would remain illegal to privately grow marijuana for recreational use, though medical patients could still grow their own or designate someone to grow it for them.
    •It would be illegal to drive with more than 5 nanograms of THC, the active ingredient of cannabis, per milliliter of blood, if the driver is over 21; for those under 21, there would be a zero tolerance policy.

    ——————————————–

    Here are the laughing points. $1.9 billion revenue for the state is a fucking dream world. Washington will likely LOSE money trying to set up and run this fool’s errand. A 25% state excise tax will surely drive cost of pot DOWN, won’t it? The state-controlled pot price will surely BEAT the price of pot offered by those operating outside the state system, won’t it (and those operating outside the system are already in place)?

    “No marijuana facilities could be located near schools, day cares, parks or libraries.” Heh. That’s where you’ll find the illegal pot dealers. There and any street/house of their choice. Double heh.

    “It would remain illegal to privately grow marijuana for recreational use.” Illegal pot networks could care less. They’ll continue to grow it, transport it, and sell it on a commercial scale. And they’ll sell it for far less than any system the stupid Washington state government can come up with.

    Big bonus: legalizing pot in Washington state and Colorado WILL create jobs. More government drones sucking money out of the state treasuries to pay their salaries and benefits. You can bet the farm that Colorado and Washington will NOT include this huge bureaucratic cost once this so-called golden goose of revenue from marijuana starts laying lead eggs.

    All this goes over the heads of people like TPC, whose assumptions on legalizing marijuana match the people who came up with Obamacare and told us it would drive health care costs DOWN.

    24th September 2013 at 6:59 pm

  103. Sensetti says:

    What happened to the price of booze after prohibition? The same thing would happen with pot. Making a product more difficult to supply will increase its price.

    24th September 2013 at 7:20 pm

  104. varnelius says:

    TPC “Drugs that are supremely addictive as well as controlling of their user (the “numbing” quality of opium) are dangerous. They use the user, and its not a matter of self-control, your body will force you to become enslaved to the stuff, posthaste.”

    Like, umm, tobacco? And that doesn’t even give that ‘numbing’ quality, just some synapse expansion.

    “The British weaponize a drug during the Opium Wars, and used its not out of the realm of possibility that another nation may one day do something similar with another mind-control drug.”

    Don’t you mean that they weaponized it prior to the Opium wars? And even if so, soaking tobacco is “weaponization”? Doesn’t that make synthetic marijuana weaponized? Even funnier, damn near all of the synthetic pot raw chemicals are produced in China. Guess the East is getting its revenge on the West.

    I still don’t get how you feel you can dictate to others what they choose (or not) to put into their own bodies.

    Hell, even require a prescription for recreational drugs. With Obamacare on the way we’ll all be covered soon, right? Then at least your recreation can be monitored.

    Even with the legal drugs, people still abuse them. Ever heard of people grinding up Wellbutrin and injecting it in their skin? Legal or not, there are plenty of idiots out there who will do whatever they want regardless of the consequences.

    24th September 2013 at 7:48 pm

  105. varnelius says:

    Re-reading Wikipedia, “It was not until the 17th century that the practice of mixing opium with tobacco for smoking was introduced into China by Europeans.”

    That really doesn’t say who came up with the idea of mixing opium with tobacco so it could be smoked. I suspect that this mixture was done in the opium dens themselves, and not shipped that way across the ocean. In those days air tight containers were not in plentiful supply, and it would have been far easier to have shipped the powdered opium and tobacco separately, even if they were originating in the same location (India is implied). There aren’t enough facts either from you or from wikipedia to know the ultimate historical progression.

    (I can tell you from my experience with synthetic marijuana, keeping it in an air-tight container is the only way to keep it even remotely fresh. Leaving a half smoked pipe out overnight led to effectively smoking oregano in the morning.)

    I’m actually surprised its taken so long for this to start getting nationwide attention (RT America even had a piece on it today). Living in Superior, WI; Jim Carlson who operates the “Last Place on Earth” in Duluth, MN has been the poster boy for federal law enforcement. He is under trial right now in Federal court in Minneapolis, MN. Google him, I’m sure there’s plenty of information out there on his case.

    24th September 2013 at 8:07 pm

  106. varnelius says:

    My bad, it was the Europeans who introduced the idea. Too quick with the C&P, and too fast in jumping straight into the reply.

    24th September 2013 at 8:12 pm

  107. Leobeer says:

    Trippy S’s laughing points :

    Taxes make the price too high and the govt won’t be able to compete with the underground. — Alcohol and tobacco are taxed. Yes, a few people make home brew to save on taxes but it is an insignificant amount. I would assume there is untaxed tobacco on the market although I have never seen it. The major problem as I understand it is that the taxes from state to state vary and there is inter-state smuggling. Just the same, there isn’t that much money going into criminal hands.

    As far as pot networks continuing to grow, transport and sell. I’ll give you that point, at first. However, once the demand goes down from the govt competition they will likely find it isn’t worth the risk.

    Your point about schools, day cares, etc….. if kids want pot, they will get it just the same as they do now just as they get alcohol and tobacco. The law doesn’t matter to them and whether pot is legal or not doesn’t change it.

    Legalizing pot will create jobs — I have to laugh at that one too. Create jobs — not likely.

    Simple version for you. Alcohol prohibition didn’t work. Marijuana prohibition doesn’t work. Alcohol is legal because the problems associated with it are less than the problems with prohibition. One has to assume that legalizing pot won’t make the problem any worse than it is now.

    24th September 2013 at 9:53 pm

  108. juan says:

    Tof says:

    “I’ve tried Spice. It’s nothing like the real thing. Synthetics are nasty.”

    Toss-off please join the line of people invited to SSS’ fiber feast. I did not realize there were so many fuckin’ druggies on the site.

    Calamity killed her argument when she posted that Katt Williams turd, here’s something to think about: if Katt approves of marijuana, maybe you should reconsider.

    25th September 2013 at 12:18 am

  109. juan says:

    bb says:

    “SAH, you said you were depressed and you didn’t care anymore..Now you.want to legalize drugs .I think you are a typical woman who doesn’t know what you are ,want or believe.But don’t worry I still have a fantasy or two about you.”

    bb the lounge lizard couldn’t seduce his ex wife even if he actually offered to pay that month’s alimony in full. now he’s trying to pick up chicks on TBP.

    25th September 2013 at 12:39 am

  110. SSS says:

    Leoqueer

    You’re even a bigger dumbfuck than I imagined just a day ago.

    Alcohol prohibition in the 1920s was mostly a NATIONAL problem because the illegal booze was made right here in the U.S. Illegal drugs, including marijuana, today is largely an INTERNATIONAL problem because the drugs mostly come from outside the borders of the U.S.

    Have you checked the sheer tonnage of Mary Jane that is busted through smuggling efforts at our international borders, you fool? Of course you haven’t. That would overtax your pea brain. And the seizures probably represent less than 10% of what successfully gets through.

    And my points at 6:59 above. were directed at the laughable state attempts, such as in Washington and Colorado, to legalize personal use of marijuana and expecting to make a profit, dumbass. Did you forget these fucking following facts, Leoqueer?

    Marijuana is still against federal law. Who’s going to pay for the inevitiable court battles and legal dustups, including federal busts, between the states of Colorado and Washington and the federal government? The fucking taxpayers of Colorado and Washington, that’s who.

    Who’s going to pay for the extra local and state law enforcement officials who will be hired to ENFORCE THE FUCKING STATE LAWS to grow, distribute, and sell marijuana for personal use? The fucking taxpayers of Colorado and Washington, that’s who.

    Who’s going to pay for the state employees who will be hired to see that the 25% excise tax in Washington and whatever tax Colorado imposes is properly assessed, processed, collected and sent to the state treasuries? The fucking taxpayers of Colorado and Washington, that’s who.

    Who’s going to pay for the new state bureaucrats who will be hired to process the licensing fees, to inspect the approved marijuana farms, to monitor the shipping process, and inspect the state-sanctioned points of sale. The fucking taxpayers of Colorado and Washington, that’s who.

    In the meantime, marijuana cartel chief Alfredo Rodriguez of Mexico is unloading 5 tons of his illegal marijuana from an 18-wheeler at clandestine warehouses in Denver and Seattle and laughing his fucking ass off.

    Go piss up a rope, Leoqueer.

    25th September 2013 at 2:22 am

  111. SSS says:

    “I think I’ve commented more in this thread then (sic) all previous comments combined ….. are you liberal fuc*ers really going to impose your will on total strangers on what they can and can not do with their own bodies”
    —-Varnelius

    Well, good for you, Varney. Glad you found my post interesting enough to comment on and provide your point of view on legalizing all drugs. I disagree. If you don’t like my position on illegal drugs, tough shit. Did you notice the beating I’ve taken in this thread? I got hit by a fucking stampede, which I knew was going to happen BEFORE I even posted the article.

    And no, I’m not a liberal fucker (what’s up with fuc*er bullshit; just say it). I’m a huge fan of Ron Paul and wrote-in a vote for him in 2012. I deeply respect the Constitution and totally honest politicians. Ron Paul is one of the few who meet that standard.

    If you’re looking for some kind of “Group Hug” site, Varney, this ain’t it. TBP isn’t some sort of 1960s Hippie Commune. It’s a place to visit for truth and reality, which includes that unfortunate human condition known as chaos.

    25th September 2013 at 3:36 am

  112. Leobeer says:

    Trippy S,

    Prohibition does not work if you can’t control supply and demand. It didn’t work with alcohol and it didn’t work with gambling. Both are now legal except Utah and Hawaii which don’t have any form of legalized gambling.

    How well is prohibition of prostitution and drugs working? The police in most cities have given up on busting prostitutes. And drugs, what is your plan B? Mine is legalize and control–the way it has been done with reasonable successful for alcohol and gambling.

    You claim only 10% gets seized at the border? I wouldn’t consider that money well spent if that is the best they can do.

    I put my overtaxed pea brain to work and look what I came up with? The tonnage that is grown in California– 8.6 million pounds of it — $14billion. I haven’t been following the news lately by I believe that California is still in the US. That makes it a NATIONAL problem.

    http://www.neontommy.com/news/2010/10/marijuana-californias-largest-cash-crop-worth-about-14-billion

    As for the answer to all your “who’s gonna pay” questions — The system works reasonably well for alcohol and tobacco, why wouldn’t it work for pot?

    It’s a weed that is easy to grow. As inept as I think the govt is, I believe they could make a really nice profit.

    Alfredo Rodriguez of the Mexican Cartel is unloading in Denver and Seattle? At clandestine warehouses? No doubt at the same time you were commenting?

    We are all amazed at your excellent sources.

    25th September 2013 at 4:44 am

  113. juan says:

    i will get some input from my niece who said, “he’s got good going on”. thanks for the other POV.

    25th September 2013 at 8:46 am

  114. Stucky says:

    My conclusion;

    Arguing with SSS about drugs is like pissing up a rope. It’s a waste of time and you’ll just get all wet and smelly.

    SSS totally embodies the proverb; “There are none so blind as those who will not see.”

    25th September 2013 at 9:48 am

  115. Leobeer says:

    “You’ll get all wet and smelly” — Stucky

    In my case, my beer turned queer.

    25th September 2013 at 10:26 am

  116. TeresaE says:

    @Stucky, thanks, I’ll check my email, and I’ll tell you why…

    Yep arguing with SSS about drugs (and GMOs) is futile, completely and utterly futile. He is so much like my dad except his gubment payments are enough to afford nicer things in life and my dad’s SS is barely enough to pay property taxes on a POS house and his dozen daily meds. Anyway.

    I don’t do it to try and argue with him – he NEVER responds to any facts that contradict his own belief system anyway, yes, I’ve noticed – I do it because there are just things that demand to be brought to light.

    Even if a good percentage of the population refuses to accept reality, there is still a chance I might convince someone to do some research of their own without relying on the propagandized “truths” we have all been indoctrinated with.

    And since I no longer argue with my spouse about anything – you have to give a crap to argue – my frustration gets pent up and I come here to wallow in our demise and vent.

    hugs.

    25th September 2013 at 1:41 pm

  117. SSS says:

    “Whatever, SSS you provide me with proof that your generation is to blame for MOST of our current gubment overreach. Your beliefs and philosophies have been destroying this country for multi-generations and I’m sure will help finish us off soon.”
    —-TeresaE @ SSS

    Sorry, but government overreach started well before Boomers. Wilson and FDR planted the seeds way before Boomers were even born, and Silents like LBJ fertilized the fields when Boomers were mere youths who had to contend with fucked up shit like Vietnam and died by the tens of thousands. But yes, Boomers continued to harvest the crops that were already in the field. (Can I get a Shout Out for this brilliant metaphor on farming?)

    Anyhoo, you and the rest of the cretins on this thread who have contributed to a record response of lowly-rated “pink screens” on my article and comments are cordially invited to kiss my ass.

    Best wishes,

    SSS

    25th September 2013 at 11:26 pm

  118. SAH says:

    @SSS — The sad irony is, I am not into drugs. Why? They waste time and money – 2 things I like to budget and make the most of. I do indulge in lots of caffeine (a drug). I briefly smoked cigarettes and cigars (nicotine, a drug) in college. I do occasionally drink bourbon. I am not into drug culture, because I have a life and I am a grown up. But I truly believe people who become complete sloths and addicts would find ways to ruin their lives and menace society whether they had access to drugs or not. Decriminalization of drugs just gets rid of a whole lot of shitty government. If drugs were decriminalized, would you become a junky SSS? No? Me neither. It’s not so much the penalty, it’s the desire. Just as penalties don’t stop druggies from getting high. They will huff paint and solvents even, and always learn to cook new weird drugs out of noxious chemicals, and keep killing their already pathetic brain cells and wasting their brief lives. Why should this be illegal?! Thin the fucking herd by self-selection.

    @bb — you are sick and pathetic. I have always been for decriminalization of drugs. I have been a libertarian for almost 2 decades. I have many personal beliefs that run more “traditionalist conservative” but for government and rules for the masses I have been a libertarian my entire adult life. The difference is, I have given up hope. I have to admit, the 2012 Ron Paul shut out got me down. Obama’s relelection was depressing but expected, the fact Ron Paul got completely shut out of the political dialogue and by the RNC made me sick. Now, due to observing the world for the past few decades and human nature in general, I am fucking depressed and feel apathetic. Nothing is ever going to change for the better or get fixed. Old farts like SSS and old Boomers control everything, and sadly SSS is one of the better ones… But he is painfully ignorant of basic biochemistry (proven on GMOs and “spice v marijuana”) and yet is absolutely convinced he is right even though he isn’t. Typical. Everything is going to go to shit.

    26th September 2013 at 12:18 am

  119. varnelius says:

    @SSS, no I didn’t think you were one of the liberal fuckers (TBH both the Repubs and Dems are guilty of inflicting their will on others). It was actually juan’s comments that provoked me into making that prev comment. I do understand there are people here of all political stripes. I try hard not to judge people unless they are blindly following the MSM. (AKA, practicing “sheeple.”)

    I even wrote in to my local weekly free “Reader” last week. I ended up getting published. This one chick who started writing a dating advice column, degenerated into basically calling Obama a pussy for going to congress for approval to take military action on Syria.

    I called her on the carpet for it. I was just as mad at her for saying he was weak for needing to go to congress (something He’s required to do) as I was that congress was trying to forbid boots on the ground. Again that’s not their decision to make. As I explained to her, that “Commander in Cheif” title allows him to decide to use boots on the ground, nukes, airstrikes, cruise missiles, whatever he wants. That’s his job title. But congress is supposed to say when and where he gets to make those decisions.

    Also, I’m not looking for a “group hug” site. If that were the case I’d be on Facebook and Twitter. Not seeking the truth in the dark corners of the net.

    @TPC, Yeah, I guess I should start trolling here. Started reading 4chan several months back. 4chan has trolling to an art form. They managed to convince a whole bunch of people recently that once they upgraded their iPhones to iOS7 that they would be waterproof, and people tested that thought to detrimental results.

    Hell, sounds like some of you need some trolling to get you to think your beliefs thru a little better.

    26th September 2013 at 3:04 am

  120. jeannette barger says:

    Dear SSS: It has been 1 yr tomorrow that my precious parents were brutally murdered by my nephew and his friends. I just came upon your arrive tonight. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your article. It showed showed such respect for my parents. They were such loving, giving and caring people that they deserve respect. Thanks again for giving my parents a face. FINALLY they got their recognition before their killers! Bless you!

    22nd July 2014 at 10:48 pm

  121. llpoh says:

    Jeannette – I am sorry for your loss.

    22nd July 2014 at 11:37 pm

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